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The US Air Force (USAF) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to provide sustainment and upgrades for its fleet of 683 SNIPER Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). Valued at up to $961 million, the five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract allows the USAF to place orders for logistics, spares, software and sensor enhancements, among other activities. 

"This contract enables us to respond promptly to the needs of our warfighters, including maintaining SNIPER's availability and reliability rates while advancing capabilities through pod upgrades," Nicole Visosky, U.S. Air Force Program Manager, said. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Lockheed Martin."

"SNIPER's availability, reliability and performance are critical to the USAF and warfighters worldwide," Paul Lemmo, Vice President of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, continued. "We are proud to continue partnering with the USAF to deliver our most advanced targeting technology and support ongoing operations."

SNIPER ATP detects, identifies, automatically tracks and laser-designates small tactical targets at long ranges. It also supports employment of all laser- and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets. The pod has been chosen by the USAF and 25 international customers, being interoperable across multiple platforms, including multinational F-2, F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1, B-52 and TYPHOON aircraft. 

Lockheed Martin continuously invests in SNIPER ATP’s capabilities, ensuring it can meet both fourth- and fifth-generation targeting requirements. Current enhancement efforts include two-color laser spot tracking and advanced non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) modes.

 

SNIPER ATP ’s open mission systems architecture again ensures that these upgrades can be made rapidly – a capability essential to operating in today’s changing threat environment. Features include high-definition, forward-looking infrared (FLIR); high-definition television; diode-pumped laser with cockpit selectable tactical and eye-safe wavelengths; precision, long-range geo-coordinate generation; two-colour laser spot tracker for acquiring laser designations for air and ground sources; passive detection, tracking and ranging for air-to-air and air-to-ground targets; datalink with full-motion video and metadata; laser marker illumination for night vision goggles and target coordination; laser-lead guidance for precise delivery of traditional laser-guided weapons on moving targets; and a solid-state digital data recorder for cockpit playback and non-traditional ISR. (Photos: Lockheed Martin)

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